What is Hydrotherapy? Hydrotherapy literally means water therapy and can refer to any therapeutic use of water to aid or improve health. Hydrotherapy started as a treatment for humans in ancient times and expanded to include animals when racehorses started benefiting from seawater. Greyhounds then begun this therapy to improve their strength and speed, as well as heal injuries from racing.
Hydrotherapy for dogs is a form of occupational or physiotherapy that uses water resistance to rehabilitate injuries and relieve pain. Exercising in water has the benefit of providing both buoyancy and resistance, making it possible to strengthen and condition muscles and build endurance without placing stress on the joints.
The buoyancy of the water decreases the stress on your pup’s joints as they try to recover from their condition. This type of therapy is also a natural anti-inflammatory due to its ability to reduce swelling in body tissues. Also, for sporting dogs and other highly active breeds, recreational hydrotherapy is a fantastic way to add physical conditioning exercises that help increase stamina and endurance as well as strengthen muscles.
There are three primary types of hydrotherapy for dogs:
The type of hydrotherapy prescribed depends on the condition being treated, as well as on the condition of the dog.
Here are some of the many benefits:
If you think your dog could benefit from a hydrotherapy session, speak to your vet, and see what they recommend. One of the best long-term benefits of hydrotherapy is a better quality of life for your pet! Despite its exceptional benefits, hydrotherapy is not for every dog, such as dogs with cardiovascular issues, infected wounds, or a serious fear of water. A history of aggression can be a problem as well.